Vegetarian Okonomiyaki

If there was ever a time for Japanese comfort food that makes brilliant use of whatever you have in the fridge, we think this is it. 

Serves 2


3 eggs
2 small potatoes
1 carrot
½ cup of plain flour
2 cups of chopped cabbage (any kind!)
2-3 Tbsp fish sauce or dashi stock*
2 Tbsp chopped spring onion
1 thumb-sized corner of grated ginger
1 Tbsp sesame or vegetable oil

Method One
1 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 Tbsp Kecap Manis
1 Tbsp tamari / soy sauce

Method Two
1 Tbsp tamari / soy sauce
2 Tbsp tomato sauce
1 Tbsp oyster sauce
dash of sriracha or chilli sauce

Japanese mayonnaise, more spring onions, nori / seaweed  for garnish
*can replace dashi with vegetarian stock


  1. Japanese comfort food, and an easy, delicious recipe for any kind of cabbage you may have!  This version gets the tick of approval from our very own Osaka-born warehouse powerhouse (thanks Aki!), and is delicious no matter which veggies you load it up with.  This one pictured has carrot, potato, half a wombok and a lovely green pak choi.  Plus we’ve included two versions of a homemade okonomi sauce as well, so you can try both and pick your favourite!


Vegetarian Okonomiyaki  (Japanese pancake)

  1. Peel & grate the potatoes into a large bowl.  Add two of the eggs and flour, the fish sauce or dashi stock and mix to create a loose batter.  Then add the shredded cabbage, spring onion, and grated ginger.  Mix to combine, then add the third egg to make sure the mixture binds completely.
  2. Add vegetable oil to the pan and bring to low-to-medium heat.  Dollop the batter in the centre of the pan and use a spatula or wooden spoon to gently flatten it off, nudging the outer edge back in as do.  Take care not to make the size too large as you may struggle to flip it!
  3. Let it cook slowly on a low heat for about 10-15 mins, then flip. Use a brush or the back of a spoon to evenly cover the cooked side with the okonomi sauce – you can buy premade Japanese sauce or create your own from pantry staples*.  After about 5 minutes the second side will be cooked, so transfer to a plate. Drizzle mayo on top, plus your extra condiments like seaweed sprinkles, pickled ginger or extra spring onion.
  4. We know two great versions:  Method One is to combine 1 part rice vinegar, 1 part sweet soy sauce (kecap manis) and 1 part tamari or soy sauce.  Method Two uses 2 parts tomato sauce (just like a bbq), 1 part tamari, 1 part oyster sauce, and a dash of sriracha for good luck.  Create your own to your taste, these DIY versions taste surprisingly like the real thing and likely have a lot less sugar than the bought version.
  • Vanessa Blazevic

    Can these be frozen before cooking?

    • Liz

      Yep, okonomiyaki will freeze well – they make a great emergency meal to reheat. Just cook them but leave the toppings, then wrap and freeze in a sealed bag. Defrost and reheat as usual in a pan, oven, sandwich press… however you prefer!

  • Bob Weis

    You can also make it vegan by adding rice flour or corn flour or vegan egg (flax seed ground 1 tsp to 3 tsp cold qater)

  • Bob

    I think you may be confused – a fish is not a vegetable…I’m not sure how this can be called vegetarian?

    • Liz

      Hi Bob, no not confused 😉 just forgot to specify that you could replace the dashi with veggie stock if need be. Feel free to adapt our recipes as you need, we hope they’re just a good starting place and helpful for as many folks as possible.

  • Jess

    Amazing recipe, so versatile! I swapped rice flour in because I’m GF and it turned out perfect. Thankyou

  • Myra McElhinney

    Thanks for the ricotta substitute, I’m dairy intolerant. I’ll definitely be trying out the lasagna recipe.
    Thanks for posting the recipes.

  • Barb

    Looks yum, cheap and adaptable…thx

  • Toyah

    Made this with peas, shredded sweet potato, cabbage and rev potato and I made a sauce from honey, soy, sriracha, bbq and a squeeze of lemon. Plug mayo and fried shallots. It can pretty much be made with any shredded veg.

  • Maria

    Yummmm, I’ve been experimenting with okonomiyaki for years since I’ve never found restaurant ones quite as good as when I lived in Japan. The recipe I’ve been happiest with is a lot like this, but with grated sweet potato (the purple/white ones), but I’ve never tried normal potato – will definitely try this now!

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